For too long, people in the United States have been denied the right to vote based on gender, race, or poverty and Minnesota, thanks to same day voter registration and other rules, has been one of the leaders in voter turnout.
This legislation is a solution in search of a problem and it needs to be vetoed. Jewish Community Action has organized Jews in coalition with diverse communities for the past 15 years to advance social and economic justice.
This legislation will deny people ballots rather than improving the system and would have an impact on all voters, but especially those who are older and disabled. It will virtually eliminate same-day voter registration, one of the most important elements of our elections and strong voter turnout. Instead of continuing to improve our election system and increase turnout which is still not high enough, this legislation will only suppress voter turnout.
At a time when our state is facing such a large budget deficit, we should be concentrating on solving that problem rather than manufacturing a problem, and then devising a response which will only cost more money for local communities and do nothing to improve our elections.
The Jewish community has stood with other oppressed communities to fight for the constitutional right to vote which was too often denied to so many Americans. This legislation is a serious step in the wrong direction, undermines constitutional protections and must be vetoed by Governor Dayton.
Jewish Community Action will stand with you, Governor Dayton, as you veto the photo ID or voter suppression legislation and make sure the voters of Minnesota understand the importance of protecting the constitutional right to vote.
For more information: Contact Vic Rosenthal, Executive Director, Jewish Community Action 651-632-2184 or [email protected].
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